Mac mini desktop class cpu

jpietrzak8

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Does the mac mini ever had inside any desktop class cpu?
Nope. Then again, that's kind of the point: the Mac Mini is a "Small Form Factor" class of PC. The idea being that you want to shove as much computing power as you can into as small a space as you can. It is far easier to do this with a CPU that uses less electricity (thereby allowing for a smaller power supply) and requires less active cooling equipment (thereby allowing for smaller fans).

It would be nice, I think, for Apple to start selling devices again with desktop CPUs. :) But yeah, the Mini is not the right vehicle for that sort of hardware.
 

Serban

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so, basically only the imacs and mac pro use desktop class cpu in mac family ?
 

jpietrzak8

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Technically, the Mac Pro is using Xeon CPUs, which are designed and marketed for workstation use, rather than desktop use. :) (In general, Xeons perform better than i5/i7 class CPUs for massively multithreaded tasks, but worse for single-thread tasks.)
 

MysticCow

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I'd rather see something other than Intel graphics in the mini.

Seriously, some of us don't want a handicapped Mac mini.
 
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